The United States currently have the highest parcel revenue in the world, totaling $119billion. Due to the current climate, the number of parcels sent and delivered continues to rise.
Whilst most southern states in the United States do not have state-wide restrictions, many are choosing to avoid travelling till things are more certain. Many are sending packages to friends and family for birthdays, anniversaries or care parcels. Damages caused to a parcel on average happen when they handled in transit between leaving the recipient and reaching the receiver.
Before sending a parcel, you want to know that you have done everything you can to ensure that it is delivered safely. Here are just some of the ways to try and guarantee a smooth process.
Selecting A Box And Packing
Choose the right size double wall cardboard box to suit the contents you will pack, and check that there are no damages such as tears to the outer box. Using a pre-used box will offer less protection to your packaged items. Ensure that it allows room to properly wrap the items and add cushioning material to further protect the contents. Check for any distinguishing features on the box and make a note. Every detail helps if you need to identify your package.
Packaging each item in bubble wrap or foam will help to reduce the risk of damages to the items when they are in transit. For more fragile items, be generous with the amount of cushioning that surrounds the item after wrapping it. All of the contents should fit comfortably in the box, with approximately 5cm of padding between the items and the box walls.
Avoid using regular tape, such as scotch, to package the box as it is not strong enough. Use parcel tape and seal the box in the form of a double T – across the middle and top and also the bottom sides.
Finding A Courier
Many Americans want their deliveries received and sent fast. For the average consumer, most delivery options available do not meet the high-level shipping experience they want. However, there are reliable couriers like LSO™ who offer priority shipping to consumers, as well as other shipping options.
Reviewing the experiences available online by previous customers can offer an indication of the service of the courier, and if there were any damages to the packages that were delivered. Good couriers offer additional services such as packaging, labeling, warehouse management, and logistics. These can be done on your own but are always better if any expert does it.
You can limit the contact both you and the receiver have with the courier by choosing to have packages delivered to a local dropbox.
Track The Delivery
In the past, it was reported that almost 26 million packages were stolen. Tracking your parcel is a vital tool when it comes to sending and receiving a parcel. Many couriers offer this service, so you can remain fully updated on when it is out for delivery and also of any delays.
Ella Woodward is an entrepreneur who has built a career as a freelance writer and building a business from her skill with words and understanding of the needs of corporate readers.